Jun 262017

Regarding the Nessus Sphinx reported by Stephenie Armstrong, they are likely fairly common here in Peterborough County, though I rarely see them myself. They do, however, seem to be a day-flier, and can therefore be confused with a Hemaris species like the Snowberry Clearwing.

A few weeks ago, at my friend’s place near Warsaw, we were getting up to two dozen Gallium Sphinx
(Bedstraw Hawkmoths) at a time at her sprawling honeysuckle bush at dusk. More to follow soon about them. I got some excellent pictures!

I’ve seen 41 Monarchs now, and the first was the earliest ever for me – May 30th!
(Only one Giant Swallowtail, however, and it was on the same date as the first Monarch).

Tim Dyson

Nessus Sphinx – Note yellow bands on abdomen – Stephenie Armstrong – June 2017


Jun 242017

We have a sweet smelling Abelia shrub that is proving to be very popular with the insect population. Visitors this month include our first and so far only Monarch, a Black Swallowtail, a White Admiral, and two hawkmoths, including the Hummingbird Clearwing and the Nessus Sphinx, the latter new to us. And out amongst the wildflowers, the Canada Tiger Swallowtail is regularly feeding on the Viper’s Bugloss. I was able to photograph them all except the Monarch, with two separate views of the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth.

On June 8th, Peter got a bit of a surprise opening the door to our under-deck to find an Eastern Milksnake coiled around one of the garden hoses. He was lucky to get a photo as it made its way along the line of stopcocks heading for a bit of cover under the stairs.

Stephenie Armstrong, Warsaw

Eastern Milksnake – Peter Armstrong

Nessus Sphinx at Abelia shrub. Note two yellow bands on abdomen – Stephenie Armstrong – June 2017

Hummingbird Clearwing at Abelia shrub – Stephenie Armstrong


Canada Tiger Swallowtail on Viper Bugloss – Stephenie Armstrong